Heavyweight hopeful Shane Carwin broke the bad news that he is forced to withdraw from his fight with “Big Country” Roy Nelson due to a back injury.
“I am going to pull out of the fight with Roy Nelson. As many of you know I have been having some back pain. I had an MRI yesterday and I have some damage that may really require surgery. If the doctors do not have to perform surgery then I will be out 8-12 weeks. If they do have to perform surgery I do not know how long I will be out of action … I owe myself, I owe my fans the best show I can give them. I need to get healthy. I am going to be speaking with the surgeon this week about the surgery. My thoughts are if the surgery fixes it why add 8-12 weeks of physical therapy, epidurals and traction if surgery may still be needed. The good news is the doctors said I can work on my cardio (they must have seen my last fight lol) with this injury.” [Shane Carwin]
If Carwin has surgery, he will likely be out 6 months pushing his likely return to the Octagon back to a full year. The UFC has yet to announce a replacement, but Mirko Cro Cop is sure up for the task after his UFC 119 disaster.
I think Roy’s style matches very well with mine, we could have a good fight. I didn’t hear anything from the UFC yet, but lets see if they call me.” [FightersOnly]